Planning for your next vacation usually takes the form of late nights on the laptop, scrolling through reviews on travel sites and checking out slide shows of Instagram shots. If you're older school, you might even pick up a few guidebooks on the city you're planning to visit.
But there is one thing that makes all the difference in the world according to PopSugar's Tara Block: Asking friends for advice.
Block believes help from "a trusted friend, who shares your same interests, taste, and priorities, to help find those gems in an unfamiliar place with countless options to choose from," will help weed through the overload from your own research.
A friend who has already visited the destination will likely know the tips and secret spots that you might have overlooked.
How do you plan for vacations?